2014 NBA Draft: The Biggest Ripple Effects of the Lottery

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2014 NBA Draft: The Biggest Ripple Effects of the Lottery
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All that time invested, all that energy expended, and now it's over.

The 2014 NBA draft lottery has come and gone, and it's taking the pingpong balls with it, leaving us to sort through the mess of ripple effects it has created.

Make no mistake, the actual draft matters. Trades are struck, careers are forged, and futures are born. But determining the draft order means something too.

Draft positioning is everything. It defines a team's direction, opens and closes a variety of possibilities and paves the way for what we see between now and June 26, when the actual draft takes place.

Never before have pingpong balls had so much staying power.

Enjoy it. Or fear it. 

Your call.  

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